(More highlights, continued)
● Being part of a holiday tradition from the St. Peter’s UCC community – both with specific families, the youth group, and with 2 other UCC churches that travel to WUCC for the weekend. There is joy in these relationships – especially those we only see during this special weekend.
● There is familiarity and hilarity in the sorting of gifts – like the joy of what seems to be a magical and never ending supply of green monkey underwear!
● An important task is pulling all of the donations up from the basement and setting them up in the store. Sorting and organizing is a major task. Donations have always been sorted by age and by gender – but there is joy in a new change! Starting next year, donated toys will only be sorted by age. WUCC is an Open and Affirming congregation – and this is a step towards being welcoming of all.
Hard work requires good food and it’s a tradition to have one meal at Camp Washington Chili – joy is knowing what makes Cincinnati style chili unique!
● Connecting with the parents of kids we have come to know during Summer Camp and who we see at Gifts to the Manger each Christmas is also a special joy – having an opportunity to hear how they are doing and to encourage them and express that we are proud of them.